From the title, you might think I’m leaving Facebook, but I’m not. At least not yet. Time will tell.
When I say that I’ll “miss Facebook”, it’s from the sense that it’s possibly the last social network that will have essentially everyone on it. A few years ago, I could look up almost anyone — former coworkers, childhood friends, etc, and they’d be on there. It was awesome. As people have begun to leave, things are splintering and will likely continue down that path.
It’s not a completely bad thing. Facebook has a bit too much power, and splitting it among other sites in the future has advantages. I’ll simply miss having the one place to go to find “everyone”.
Own your own
I’ve mentioned a few times that I’d like to see more people take control of their content, with a blog similar to this one. While I see some starting to do it, and it’ll grow a bit more, I suspect that it’ll only be single-digit percentages of people that go that route.
This is why I think upcoming services like TogetherLetters (which I briefly mentioned here) have such potential. While we won’t all be on the same social media network again, we’ll all have email for at least the next decade or so. Using email as the main glue connecting us all seems wise.
Maybe something will pop up in the next few years that brings most everyone together, but it seems unlikely. I’ll miss that.